SanDisk hopes to help IT managers control the use of flash drives in their business by launching a new version of its Central Management & Control (CMC) software used to manage its Cruzer Enterprise USB flash drives.
The SanDisk Cruzer Enterprise flash drive comes in 1GB, 2GB, 4GB and 8GB storage capacities.
Version 3.0 of the CMC software is designed to give IT managers an easier way to manage the lifecycle of Cruzer Enterprise USB flash drives, including deployment throughout the organisation, password recovery and renewal through the network, central backup and restore, central usage tracking and remote termination of lost drives.
"CMC is at the centre of SanDisk's mission to make flash memory the preferred solution for authentication, workspace virtualisation and endpoint security," said Etti Berger, product marketing manager for CMC in SanDisk's Enterprise Division.
Specifically, CMC 3.0 allows IT managers to rapidly introduce new applications through the network, without users having to initiate an installation process or having to bring their drives to the IT department. It also keeps track of application and seat licences on Cruzer Enterprise drives.
In addition, CMC 3.0 allows for Cruzer Enterprise drives to be remotely configured from any corporate PC without requiring preinstallation of a software agent. SanDisk says this reduces the time and effort needed to add new drives, especially in large organisations with multiple locations and many remote workers.
IT managers can also create pre-defined reports on user activity, giving the IT department new tools for uncovering violations of the organisation's data security policies, and for providing confirmation of regulatory compliance through an enhanced audit trail.
Finally, CMC 3.0 features improved password policy control, and passwords can now be set to expire after a number of days selected by the IT department. It can also synchronise with Active Directory password policies.
SanDisk said that CMC 3.0 is expected to be available in the third quarter, with pricing provided on request to enterprise clients.